Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Medical imaging systems

Overall Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to give a thorough introduction to modern diagnostic imaging systems. This includes the primary systems as X-ray, computer tomgraphy (CT), ultrasound and MR. Certain aspects of PET, PET/CT, PET/MR and SPECT will also be explained. Both the physics behind the systems will be taught as well as the signal processing performed in the systems. A number of exercises will be made. Two projects about two different imaging systems must be handed in during the course.

Learning Objectives

  • explain the physical interaction mechanisms for ultrasound, X-ray, CT, MR, SPECT, and PET scanning.
  • explain the signal processing involved in making an ultrasound image.
  • explain signal processing methods for estimating blood velocity using ultrasound.
  • explain back-projection algorithms used in CT, MR, and PET scanners.
  • write programs in Matlab that implement signal processing methods and estimators used in medical imaging.
  • write reports describing quantitative results from Matlab programs.
  • understand journal articles on medical imaging and implement signal processing algorithms from the literature.
  • give a quantitative evaluation of signal and image processing algorithms in terms of performance and accuracy.
  • write a scientific report explaining a signal processing algorithm implementation made in Matlab and quantifying its performance.
  • identify anatomic structures in a clinical image.

Course Content

Physics of ultrasound scanning. ultrasound imaging. Signal processing in flow estimation systems (Doppler Systems). X-ray physics and imaging. CT scanning and reconstruction. MR scanning and reconstruction. PET, PET/CT, PET/MR, and SPECT scanning. Matlab exercises. Implementation of signal processing. Report writing.

Recommended prerequisites

31540/22481/31658/31610/31561/22052/02451, Courses in signal processing and biomedical engineering

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, projects and two reports.


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 5.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks


Health Tech


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 22485
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12

15.000,00 DKK

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